Last week I had the very unfortunate experience of having my laptop die. It was a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and it was only 4 years old.
As it was my only general purpose computer, it was quite a loss. Given I actually enjoyed the laptop, it was a painful loss. Given I was not anticipating its demise for a few more years, it was an expensive loss.
I don’t travel with a laptop anymore so I looked at the current crop of mini computers and desktop offerings. The desktop units were a bit more flexible, less money, and noisier. The “less money” won. For a little over $500 I picked up an HP 580-137c.
I hoped to simply pull the solid state drive (SSD) from my laptop and plug it into the HP. Not so fast!
First, I needed to pick up an adapter to make the micro-SATA drive from the laptop plug into the SATA port of the HP. Still not there yet!
Next, I fired up Acronis Universal Restore. However, my old 2014 copy did not support Windows 10. I fond a discount upgrade email to move to Acronis 2018. This allowed my to run Universal Restore. But still not there yet!
It took two or three rounds to find the critical missing drivers and fold them into the restore process but eventually it completed and the HP actually booted with the Lenovo SSD! Obviously there must still be stuff to do!
The initial boot of the HP uncovered some missing drivers for display and sound and various other hardware differences.
After a couple hours, the HP finished updating itself. DONE … mostly.
The only thing that was lost in the migration was the Windows 10 Pro license. The HP came with the Home version and the migration didn’t keep the better of the two.
Eventually, I will likely do a clean install but for the next couple of months I have all of my old tools back and I can take my time planning a proper transition.